Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Trick for Getting Rid of "the Binkie".

All three of my boys have been binkie and blanket lovers.  My daughter never liked a pacifier or a blanket, but my boys took to them right away.  

My last baby has had his binkie longer than any of my other boys.  He's 20 months old and it was time to get rid of it.  He was my only child that actually learned how to say the word "binkie" at an early age.  

I tried to just keep it in his bed, but with three other kids at home it didn't stay there.  My baby guy cries (or rather, cried) a lot, so someone would just give him his binkie to make him be quiet.   I finally got tired of him taking it everywhere, to the park, to church, etc.  And I got tired of looking for it at bedtime and naptime.  Mr. Baby Guy still cried even if he had it in his mouth.

So, we decided as a family that the binkie had to go. 

I've gotten rid of the binkie the same way with all three of my boys and it worked each time, pretty painlessly.

It's very easy and doesn't involve mailing it to the Binkie Fairy or anything.  

Here's my trick.   

Step 1.  Gather up all your binkies (make sure your binkie sucker isn't around).
Step 2.  Cut off the tip.
Step 3.  Watch the magic happen.
Here's what my baby guy did when he found his new and improved binkie.  He picked it up and tried to suck on it, which for obvious reasons didn't work.  He looked and it and dropped it on the floor.  He didn't even cry.  He just looked mad.  Not mad at me.  But mad at the binkie.

Then came naptime.  We had already established a naptime routine.  I read him a story in the rocking chair.  Then I lay him in his crib and covered him with his blanket and left.  He went right to sleep.

Then came bedtime.  We did our usual bedtime routine.  Story.  Songs.  Prayer.  Lay him in bed with blanket.   He didn't cry and went right to sleep.

It's been five or so days since I cut the end off.  He's only cried for a few minutes at bedtime twice.   He's actually been much happier during the day.  And he talks more without it hanging in his mouth.

I didn't throw the pacifiers away.  They're still laying around the house with some toys.  This morning he found one and tried to put it in his mouth.  He dropped it on the floor and left it without a sound.

Not convinced?  Let me tell you about how it went down for my other kiddos.  

Son #1.  
It's been at least seven years since I cut the end off of Son #1's binkie.  I don't remember how old he was exactly.  He was less than 18 months and older than a year.  I put the cut off binkie in his bed.  The first night he laid in bed with it resting on his mouth and went to sleep.  After that it fell between his bed and the wall and he never wanted it again. 

Son #2.  
We got rid of Son #2's binkie right after this picture was taken at my little brother's wedding.  He was 17 months old and had this awful rash on his chin from drooling while he sucked on his binkie.  We couldn't get rid of the rash until the binkie was gone.

I don't remember it being a big deal when we cut the end off of his binkie.  He looked at it and dropped it because it didn't work anymore.

All right...are you convinced?  

Cutting off the end of the binkie is an easy way to go.  You can cut off a little bit at a time, so they still have something to suck on, but get annoyed that it doesn't work right.

The bottom line is that you're not taking the binkie away from then.  They can still have it.  But they'll be mad at it because it won't work.  They won't be mad at you (unless you cut it in front of them, which is a bad idea). 

Then you won't have any more pictures with binkies in them.  Yay!
Just smiling, happy, binkie-free kids!   


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Week 289 Menu

 Hi friends!  I actually had my menu for this week planned on Monday, but then I didn't get around to posting it.  I guess I was caught up in the quiet of my house with my kids gone and tackled the laundry and grocery shopping instead.  

Here's a little peek at what I've been doing the last few days:
1.  Somehow, for some reason, I volunteered to be my five year old soccer coach.  No one else was volunteering and it was supposed to start this week, so I volunteered.  My big kids are going to help me (they know lots more about soccer than I do).  I've been taking my kids to soccer practices for the last six years, so I'm sure we'll survive.

2.  We took away my baby guy's binkie this week.  I'm going to write up a little post about our method.  It's worked great for all of our kids.  He's actually much happier without his "binkie".

3.  My little guy loves to go on walks pushing his "strollo".  He can push it pretty far.  He tells me, "Mom.  Mom.  Running.  Strollo."  I love hearing him talk (especially without that binkie in his mouth).

4.  I was so excited to make creamy chicken and wild rice soup yesterday and starting chopping and prepping and then realized I was out of wild rice.  Hate it when that happens.

5.  I'm finally getting my back-to-school act together and cooked a bunch of chicken breasts (bone-in) in the crockpot yesterday.  Now I have cooked chicken ready for two more meals besides yesterdays.

6.  My little guy helped me dehydrate apples yesterday.  Helping actually meaning eating them.  My kindergartener loves dried apples for snacks anytime.

All righty...Menu time.

Friday: grilled homemade pizza

Saturday: Hawaiian Haystacks

Sunday: Beef tenderloin,  pasta with PW's tomato cream sauce

Well, now that the week is halfway over, maybe you have your menu planned too.  If you do, feel free to share your plan.  

Have a great week!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Week 288 Menu

Hi friends!  Happy Monday!  I'm still getting used to how quiet my house is right now with my three big kids being in school all day.  I'm still mourning summer being over.  Here's a few silly things to share before I get to my menu.
1.  Today was my kindergartener's first day of all-day kindergarten.  We packed up his lunch in his new Ninja Turtle lunchbox and packed his snacks.  It's been a long, quiet day without him.  Who knew a Ninja Turtle lunchbox could make me want to cry?

2.  My daughter made me a yummy birthday cake.  Texas sheet cake.  My favorite!  It's nice having a child old enough to cook.  I've got to teach her everything I know.

3.  My friend and her husband run a shave ice business during the summer.  It's so yummy!  We went on Saturday to get a treat before summer is officially over and they are closed.  My little baby guy went around to everyone in our family and begged bites, which everyone gave him happily.

4.  For my birthday we bought my favorite chicken tacos from El Parasol for lunch.  They're only open for lunch, so I don't get them very often because I don't think about going out for lunch on a normal day.  So yummy!

5.  We have a new grocery store that now has car carts.   I guess I grocery shopped a little too long the other day because my baby guy fell asleep.

6.  My kindergartener was so excited to ride the bus on the second day of school.  He didn't want me to give him a ride and I think he was a bit offended that I didn't let him ride the bus the first day of school.  You'd think he's my last child entering kindergarten, but he's not.  I'm going to need a box of tissues when all my kids are in school.

I guess for a while it's just going to me and little baby guy hanging out during hte day.  He snuggled with me on the couch this afternoon while we looked at Pioneer Woman cookbooks for menu inspiration.  So, of course, I snapped a picture of us. 

All time.  I'm actually not teaching piano lessons any more, after almost six years of teaching, so my afternoons are going to be lots less crazy.  I think my family is expecting dinner on the table at a normal time this week since we've had a summer of quick meals and grab whatever you can find in the fridge meals.  

Monday: navajo tacos

Tuesday:  breakfast bake and smoothies

Thursday:  chicken tetrazinni

Friday:  salisbury steak meatballs

Saturday:  Hawaiian haystacks

Sunday:  tomato cream pasta with grilled beef tenderloin

That's what I'm planning this week.  How about you?  What are you making this week?

Take care! 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Week 287 Menu

This week in August is always one of my favorite weeks of the year.  It's my anniversary, followed by my birthday and for the last three years it's been the first week back to school for my kids.  

This year I'm a little sad for my kiddos to go back to school.   I'm not quite ready for summer to be over.  Having them go back around my birthday just reminds me how short their summer break is.  Growing up I never went to school on my birthday.  It usually started a week or two after my birthday.  I am excited for school to start because my kids are excited. I'm excited for my new kindergartener and my kids are excited to see all their friends again.  

We'll be soaking up as much summer as we can in the next three days and try to spend lots of time at the pool.  We went over the weekend and were there by ourselves for a little while.  My kids loved it!

So, 13 years ago I got married to this really nice guy in the Manti Temple.  Flash forward 13 years and four kids, eleven moves, lots of college, lots of kid sports, and some crazy house renovations to today.  I've definitely changed a lot since when we got married.  Unfortunately, I'm definitely not as patient as I was when we were just married (blaming that on the four kids).  Anyway...I'm happy to have this guy around.  He's pretty handy, funny and is definitely my best friend.  So, happy anniversary to us!

All time:

Monday:  some kind of anniversary dinner and maybe some peach pie

Tuesday: taco bar

Wednesday: grilled pizza

Thursday:  grill burgers

Friday:  easy night

Saturday: bistro chicken, garlic mashed potatoes

Sunday: salisbury meatballs, whole wheat egg noodles

All righty...what's on your menu this week?  When does your summer end and school start?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Week 286 Menu

Hi friends!  I actually had my menu planned on Monday, but didn't get around to actually posting it.  Then somehow everything that I had typed in my post didn't save, so I get to try to remember what I'd planned.

We only have another week before school starts here.  Crazy!  I'm trying not to think about it. 

Monday:  leftover fried chicken strips and oven fries (who needs Chickfila when you can make your own?  Actually I love Chickfila but we live too far away from one)

Tuesday:  Asian BBQ chicken and whole wheat cous cous, corn on the cob, strawberries

Wednesday:  grilled pizza

Thursday: quick french dip pitas

Friday:  spaghetti

Saturday:  easy night

Sunday:  bistro chicken, garlic mashed potatoes


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What I've Been Reading

I love to read, but don't do it very often.  Having four kids and lots of home projects, among lots of other things, leaves me doing other things with my "leisure time" instead of reading.

However, the two weeks I've read and/or listened to three books while driving, painting, and in my spare time while eating or waiting in the garden department at Lowes for the guys with the forklift to get something down from a high self for me.

Here's what I've read:

The Time Keeper
I listened to this book while on a long drive.  It was entertaining to listen to and kept my interest.  I give it 4 stars on Goodreads.

The Boys in the Boat:  Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

I enjoy non-fiction books sometimes.  I listened to this one while I painted bedrooms.  It was pretty long, but I enjoyed it and now feel like trying a rowing machine at the gym.  4 Stars

I read (or rather, kind of speed read), The Fault in Our Stars on my phone when I had a few minutes here and there.  I kind of felt like I was reading a PG-13 movie.  Had a little language and sexual references that I didn't enjoy.  The story was interesting and thoughtful.  3 Stars 

That's what I've been reading lately.  How about you?  Any good books that you recommend I read?